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Young at Heart NOVEMBER 2021

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By calling the number listed, your call will be directed to a third-party with licensed and certified Medicare agents, Van Berg Insurance Services; CA License #0G30664. For accommodation of persons with special needs at meetings, call (877) 833-4253 TTY: 711 Recently eligible or would like to learn more about Medicare? Attend one of our ONLINE, free, no-obligation seminars to understand your Medicare options. Visit our site to join an educational Medicare 101 Webinar canopy.vanbergins.com (877) 833-4253 TTY 711 Partners in Health about Medicare? November 2021 edition Special Advertising Supplement to the Santa Cruz Sentinel How to balance indulgent holiday eating with healthy habits By Tara Fatemi Walker Today is Thanksgiving, and if you're like most people, you will overin- dulge as you gather with family and friends. And you'll probably do it again in late December! It's the perfect time to learn some ways to eat healthy the rest of the time—starting tomorrow. To help, we gathered a bunch of tips (including many you can utilize all year long) plus a couple recipes. Lindsay Gizdich, who serves as Associate Brand Manager for New Leaf Community Markets, offers these suggestions as we enter the holiday season: 1. New Leaf has a 10% daily Senior Discount for customers 65 or older. "Plus, our deli service case is packed with housemade, healthy options ready to take home and enjoy." 2. Shop for your organic local produce seasonally. "This helps the carbon footprint by reducing the trip it takes to get to your table, but also ensures that the flavors are at the peak of perfection and nutrient rich," says Gizdich. "Pro- duce that travels further is off the vine longer and loses more nutrients in transit. To get the most from your produce, shop it closer to home." 3. As California-grown citrus comes into season, incorporate it into your daily regimen to boost your regimented Vitamin C with healthy snacking. "Satsuma Mandarins are easy to peel and not as messy as a navel or- ange, meaning you don't get sticky hands after prepping—which is a big win." 4. "We often host sea- sonally relevant 50% off events and encourage customers to sign up for emails through our Neigh- bor Rewards program." Gizdich also recommends keeping a lookout for Neighbor Rewards and wellness offers during the winter. 5. Watch for New Leaf's 50% off pasta and pasta sauce event in early December. "Pasta is a great base for a variety of winter dishes, includ- ing ones where you can add high-quality meat, seafood, and/or produce from New Leaf." Staff of Life Natural Foods co-owner Gary Bascou, who opened the store with Richard Josephson in 1969, has a few tips: 1. Staff of Life has a daily 5% senior discount which doubles to 10% on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (not valid for sushi, alcohol, or sale items). 2. Cook more soups and stews with beans, whole grains, and vegetables. 3. "Buying in bulk is the way to go," says Bascou. "The prices in the bulk department at Staff of Life can be very economical for your food budget." Also, this decreases the amount of plastic you're using. 4. When cooking, one substitution that Bascou recommends is using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes for a healthier option. 5. "We serve a daily hot meal from the deli department with lots of vegetables and grains," says Bascou. "Also, our large Grab and Go section has soups and salads; many of them are vegan." Bascou, a senior himself, does several things to maintain a healthy life- style. "I basically have eaten a Mediterranean diet for years now with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains." He exercises, does yoga, and stretches regularly. And he has a daily ritual: "Every morning, I make up a container of an apple (with cinnamon on top), pear, and blueberries," he says. "To this, I add a nut and seed mixture which includes walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds." Nutrition Care Manag- er and Registered Dieti- tian Toni Toledo, who is a Teen Kitchen Project staff member, has a few strat- egies for staying healthy during the holiday season: 1. Keep Moving. "You've got a lot on your plate this time of year, and physical activity can get crowded out," says Toledo. "But being active is your secret holiday weapon; it can help make up for eating a little more than usual and reduce stress during this most stressful time of year." Start today by tak- ing a walk with friends and/or family after your Thanksgiving feast. 2. At the aforementioned Thanksgiving feast—or at a future one later this year—have pumpkin pie instead of pecan pie. Young at Heart Young at Heart In Santa Cruz County Gary Bascou from Staff of Life - Contributed photo "Even with a dollop of whipped cream, you'll cut calories and sugar by at least a third." 3. 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